Astronomy for Entertainment
he purpose of the book is to initiate the reader into the basic facts of astronomy. But do not take it as a primer, since our presentation differs essentially from any text-book. Ordinary facts with which you may be acquainted are couched here in unexpected paradoxes, or slanted from an odd and unexpected angle, solely with a view to excite imagination and quicken interest. We have tried to free the theme as far as possible from the professional âterminologyâ and technical paraphernalia that so often make the reader shy of books on astronomy.
The book contains chapters relating to the Earth, the Moon, planets,
stars and gravitation. The author has concentrated in the main on
materials not usually discussed in works of this nature. Subjects
omitted in the present book, will, he hopes, be treated in a second volume. The book, it should be said, makes no attempt to analyze in detail the rich content of modern astronomy.